Graduates attend boot camp-style recruitment

Deloitte held its annual recruitment drive to hire local graduates for entry-level Audit and Assurance positions at the firm recently.

The boot camp-style recruitment drive saw candidates being put through multiple rounds of assessment, comprising online psychometric tests and audit business case-study presentations. The assessment culminated in an interview with the firm’s top local leadership, and candidates also had the opportunity to socialise with the firm’s seniors and associates to gain insights into the work environment at the world’s largest professional services firm.

Nine graduates from local and overseas institutions, who completed their tertiary education in majors ranging from Accounting and Finance to Politics, Philosophy and Economics, attended the boot camp.

“Over the years, we moved away from the traditional model of hiring only Accounting and Finance graduates to a more inclusive model that considers a diverse range of qualifications. We are confident that our globally recognised learning and development programmes will endow our graduate entrants with the necessary skills and attributes they need, to be well-rounded and robust Audit and Assurance professionals,” said Deloitte Brunei Partner Haji Zulfariq Zara bin Haji Zainuddin.

For most, it was their first time attending such a hiring drive. “However, this recruitment drive was refreshingly different. Not only was the boot camp format an assessment process, but it also served as a training session for the candidates,” said candidate Darren Ng.

“We had the opportunity to immerse ourselves into a brief, simulated real-life audit process through a grouped business case study which tests our teamwork; plus we presented our findings to the higher management. The case study proved to be valuable, as we were given constructive feedback on our findings, outlining our strengths and pointing out areas we could improve on.”

The boot camp is one the firm’s many efforts towards building local capacity in the Accounting and Audit industry. Over the past 20 years, the firm has run many capacity-building programmes which include its annual Basic Book-Keeping Course for job-seekers, the Deloitte All-Stars Programme for students and the Consulting Apprenticeship Programme.

“As long as we operate in Brunei, we will continue to contribute toward local capacity-building to uplift the profile of the Accounting and Audit industry,” said Deloitte Partner Dayangku Siti Khadijah binti Pengiran Haji Moksin, who is also President of the Brunei Institute of Public Accountants.

Participants at the recruitment drive. PHOTO: DELOITTE